Passage: Daniel 1:1-8, 17-21
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. Titus 3:4-5
What has most shaped your attitude toward work? (Other option: what was your first job?)
Read Daniel 1. What does this passage reveal to us about God and about the human condition?
In Daniel 1:1-5 the Israelites are captured and find themselves under Babylonian rule. What does this mean for Daniel? How does this impact his identity, his work, his position, his relationships?
What is the context that you have been planted in this season? What does your influence look like in your present context? (Who is watching, listening, or around you?)
Read Daniel 2:20-23 and 1: 8-9. How do these verses reveal Daniel’s consideration of God and of others?
In Daniel 1:8-9, Daniel is resolved to obey God and considerate of how this impacts those around him. What challenges are you facing in living obediently and faithfully in your work? In what ways are you being called to be resolved like Daniel?
Daniel remained in his position seven years. What is encouraging you in this season to stand firm and steadfast with perseverance in following Jesus?
Spend time praying for your work contexts: for fellowship with the risen Jesus, spiritual renewal and refreshment, for thankful hearts, for wisdom, faithfulness, and a commitment to do justice and show mercy.
Share with your group how they can be praying for you: what is weighing on you from this past week? What are you praising God for from this past week?
“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)